Heat-Practice Guidelines, Fall 2018

 
 

Heat - Practice Guidelines, Fall 2018

Greater Wichita Athletic League

8/25 Zone 2 as of 6:30 a.m.

 

 

Zone 1 - Low Risk

Practice not to exceed 2.5 hours (per practice); if 2 practices in the same day, minimum of one hour

rest/recovery between practices; maximum 4 hours (cumulative) practice per day; minimum of 5 minute “body cooling break” /water break every 20 minutes

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Zone 2 - Caution

Practice not to exceed 2¼ hours if only one practice; practice not to exceed 1¾ hours (per practice) if

2 practices in the same day, minimum of one hour rest/recovery between practices; if second practice starts at 6 PM, second practice may be extended to 2 ¼ hours; minimum of 5 minute “body cooling break”/water break every 20 minutes

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Zone 3 - Extreme Caution

Practice not to exceed 2.0 hours if only one practice; practice not to exceed 1½ hour (per practice) if

2 practices in the same day, minimum of one hour rest/recovery between practices; minimum of 5 minute “body cooling break”/water break for every 20 minutes of practice; limited conditioning; “helmets and upper shell only” for football; if second practice starts at 6 PM, second practice may be extended to 2 ½ hours

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Zone 4 - High Risk

No practice before 6:00 PM; 2 hour max practice time (one practice only per day); may have

additional team time in air conditioning; minimum of 5 minute “body cooling break”/water break for every 20 minutes of practice; limited conditioning; “helmets and upper shell only” for football;

 

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•    Per KSHSAA Rule 30-8a, for the first five days of practice there can be only one practice.  This is a per individual rule.

•    Maximum of four hours of cumulative practice time in any one day; (please note specific restrictions in each zone)

•    Pre/Post Weigh-in procedures are in place for the first month of the season (please see attached memo);

•    “body cooling break”/Water Breaks at least every 20 minutes in each zone; water should be available for athletes at all times though;

•    “body cooling break” is defined to be a period of inactivity; for football that also includes at least removal of helmet but can also include removal of shoulder pads;

•    Rest and recovery for athletes/coaches should take place in an air-conditioned classroom;

•    Athletic trainers to provide 15 minute in-service for all teams no later than second day of practice; Information to review will include basic hydration expectations, warning signs for and recognition of heat illness, and the appropriate response to levels of  heat illness;

•    Athletic trainers to provide in-service review for all head and assistant coaches prior to practice regarding heat illness:

•    Central office will monitor weather conditions on a daily basis and determine designated zone for practice; information to be  communicated via e-mail and/or web posting;

•    Zones are defined as levels being below the following combinations of temperature/humidity:

Zone 1 - 65/100%, 70/77%, 75/58%, 80/45%, 90/20%, 95/18%

Zone 2 – 73/100%, 75/91%, 80/72%, 85/57%, 90/45%, 95/35%, 100/20%

Zone 3 – 82/100%, 85/88%, 90/71%, 95/58%, 100/50%, 105

Zone 4 – When combined temperature/humidity levels are above Zone 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised: July 17, 2013